I’m fortunate enough to work in an area where a craft brewery is no more than ten minutes away. Many are even closer. Even though we’re spoiled for choice, we usually end up at the brewery or bar that’s closest to the office. However, when a new brewery opens we generally jump at the chance to visit before we settle back into our old ways. On a particular winter afternoon I was thirsty for some natural light, and made the suggestion to my coworkers that we venture a couple of minutes further to BlackStack Brewing.
We’d visited BlackStack’s taproom several times after they opened, but we hadn’t returned since. The primary reason for this was the price of their beers. A price point of $8 a pint is tough to swallow. When I learned the price had dropped a dollar or two, it was easier to convince people to return. Regardless of the price, it’s great to be able to leave work and have a fresh craft beer within a handful of minutes.
The first thing you’ll notice when pulling into BlackStack’s is a gigantic smoke stack that rises above the parking lot, which gives the brewery it’s name. Later, you’ll also notice a single pillar painted jet black behind their long wooden bar. The brewery shares their building with Can Can Wonderland, an art’s inspired adult playground, and it’s magnificent. There is no escaping the natural light that floods into their cavernous taproom!